Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lunch - Tuna Treats (the infamous...)

Yesterday, I decided to share one of my favorite childhood edibles with Matt. My mom purchased this cookbook called "Kinder Krunchies" from one of those Discovery Toys home shows in the 80s. I have to be totally honest, this is probably one of my favorite cookbooks, even though all the recipes are designed for 5 year olds!! It is filled with fantastic recipes, such as "Letter Pretzels", "Animal Crackers", "Good Granola", and "Riceburgers" (which sound excellent also...perhaps a future blog?!).

Our favorite recipe from this book was "Tuna Treats". I'll admit the name sounds horribly awful, like a special treat you'd make for your cat on his birthday or something. Making the treats is super simple, you mix a couple basic ingredients up, then spoon the mixture into a buttered muffin pan, top with cheese and a dab of butter, then bake for 15 minutes. Quick, cheap, and easy.

I was never a huge fan of tuna and to this day still am not (unless it is raw in sushi, weird I know.), but in Tuna Treats the tuna just tastes right. They are filled with delicious ingredients that somehow combine to become some super-powered lunch when they all come together. It's simple but man, do these treats taste good!!

If you're not a tuna fan, I am sure you can substitute that canned chicken, or maybe even that canned salmon. You can also change these up by using different vegetables and cheeses to your liking.

Matt actually made these for us, and he changed the ratio a bit, but they turned out delicious!! Here is the approximate ratio he used, along with an image of the original recipe from the cookbook. Enjoy! It's "Tops"!

Matt's Ratio (made 10 tuna treats aka lunch for 2):
-3 eggs
-2 cans tuna (the "regular" sized cans)
-2 slices bread, crumbled
-1/2 can sweet peas ("regular" sized can)

Mix these ingredients together and press into buttered muffin tins.

Sprinkle each cup with grated cheese (probably around 1 tablespoon?) and dot with butter.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
Eat! Tops!

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